Apart from the money economy, which is paramount in the IPL, there is yet another crucially significant economy. Just like the strike rate of batsmen, the economy of bowlers is the single most essential statistic that teams should monitor.
Bowlers are indeed a team’s most valuable asset. If a team wants to get the top spot and dominate the game, it must first fix the bowling. In a Twenty20 league, batsmen typically receive the most attention. Even so, we occasionally witness bowlers unleash spells that substantially disrupt the game.
Here we’ve compiled a list of 10 bowlers who have made headlines with outstanding performances.
Top 10 IPL Bowlers You Can’t Stop Thinking About
1) Alzarri Joseph
A teenage speedster set the benchmark for the best-known bowling figures in an IPL game. In 2019, he ripped through the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting lineup in a close to the bottom game, scooping up 6 wickets just for 12 runs. A 137-run chase was set by The Mumbai Indians for the Hyderabad team, which seemed well within their grasp. SRH, on the other hand, were unable to withstand Alzarri Joseph’s relentless deliveries and got bowled out for 96 runs, losing by 40 runs.
2) Sohail Tanvir
In the 2008 Indian Premier League, against the Chennai Super Kings, Sohail Tanvir has a 6/14 record. In 11 games, he grabbed 22 wickets. During his first season, he was the leading wicket-taker and was instrumental in the Rajasthan Royal’s only triumph.
3. Adam Zampa
After Tanvir, Zampa became only the second bowler in IPL history to grab 6 wickets in a single inning. Zampa was starring for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants when he faced SRH in 2016, which, strangely, won the IPL that year (RPS). His remarkable 6/19 was futile, as the team finally lost the game.
4. Anil Kumble
During his playing days, ‘The Jumbo’ of Team India has always been lauded for his keen understanding of the game, tenacity, and dedication towards perfection. In 2009, Kumble took 5 wickets for 5 runs, showcasing his brilliance. After bowling merely 3.1 overs, the Indian spin maestro propelled the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a 75-run triumph over the Rajasthan Royals.
5. Ishant Sharma
Ishant, who was already christened ‘the next big thing’ by Ricky Ponting, possesses a commendable IPL record of 71 wickets in 90 games. In 2011, Ishant performed for the Deccan Chargers and had 5/12 against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. After 4 overs, he already had the Mahela Jayawardene-led side hyperventilating at 11 for 6 while trying to chase a score of 130.
6. Lasith Malinga
Malinga has a legendary status in the IPL. He has by far the most wickets (170) in the history of the league. His best stats of 5/13 came against the Deccan franchise in 2011 when he was still playing for the MI.
7. Ankit Rajpoot
Rajpoot’s career-best statistics came in 2018 when he took five wickets for 14 runs to enable his club, Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), to confine SRH to a low score of 132.
8. James Faulkner
With two 5-wicket hauls in 2013, Faulkner was the first player in IPL history to take multiple 5-wicket hauls. His 5/16 was his second haul of the tournament but unfortunately was not enough to get his team a victory against SRH.
9. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is the only player in IPL history to achieve 2000 runs while also taking 100 wickets. In 2012, when playing for Chennai, Jadeja produced his best numbers against Deccan, taking 5 for 16 runs. The boy from Saurashtra is often regarded as the best fielder in the world at the moment.
10. Amit Mishra
He has the image of a cricketer with a super clever cricketing mind and a tough demeanour. He is usually the captain’s “top choice” when it comes to unleashing a great spell upon the opponent team and can break partnerships on demand. Mishra has done his share whenever the occasion has presented itself over his sporadic career. Mishra ranks second highest in the wicket-taker charts of the tournament’s history, with 160 wickets. He also owns the record for the most hat-tricks by anyone in the IPL history, with 3.
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